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A to Z of Classical Music (3rd Extended Edition)

A to Z of Classical Music (3rd Extended Edition) Lowest new price: $11.88
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Brand: Naxos
Model: 8555319-20

Keith Anderson's comp is a model of efficiency, packing 2 CDs and a 930-page book into a box and providing a code and password to stream and download more than 15 hours of additional music! As thick as the book is, it's small enough to take with you, offering a brief overview of the lives and works of hundreds of composers. On the CDs: selections from Brahms' Symphony No. 3 , Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 ; Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique ; Wagner's Tristan and Isolde ; Stravinsky's Petrushka , plus Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, Schubert, Schumann, Verdi, Vivaldi and more!

Is it a two-CD set with a particularly thick booklet, or a 562-page book with a compilation album attached? Either way, the unpretentious text by Keith Anderson offers an introduction to the lives and works of dozens of composers, together with recommended recordings from the Naxos and Marco Polo catalogs. Anderson includes a useful 59-page glossary of musical terms and an extensive listing of classical pieces used in films. The odd thing about the 36 extracts and complete pieces on the CDs is that they do not form an A-to-Z at all. Rather, they are arranged chronologically, from 1,000-year-old Gregorian chant to the opening movement of contemporary composer Philip Glass's Violin Concerto. Between these two points is the early music of Palestrina and Byrd; the Baroque glories of Vivaldi and Bach; the 19th-century Romantic masters, from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky; and such 20th-century greats as Rachmaninov and Stravinsky. Opera, song, and chamber music are barely represented, but only so much can fit into 151 minutes. Essentially a deluxe sampler of the vast Naxos catalogue, the discs offer a good introduction to some of the most famous and melodic music ever composed, while the book will be very useful to newcomers to the potentially confusing world of classical music. --Gary S. Dalkin

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Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) / The Firebird / Jeu de cartes / Petrouchka / Pulcinella

Stravinsky: Le Sacre du printemps (Rite of Spring) / The Firebird / Jeu de cartes / Petrouchka / Pulcinella Lowest new price: $10.70
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Brand: CD
Model: 1991118

CLAUDIO ABBADO - STRAVINSKY: SACRE DU PRINTEMPS - 2 CD SET

This is an excellent Stravinsky collection on all counts. Claudio Abbado's recordings with the London Symphony Orchestra represent the high-water mark of his career, and DG captured the partnership in generally fine sound. This recording of the complete Pulcinella, with the songs included, set an entirely new standard for the work, and its excellence has worn very well in the couple of decades since its initial release. The performance of Jeu de Cartes (Card Game) also should win many new friends for this entertaining late work. As to the Big Three ballets, all of them were among the most recommendable versions when they first came out, and they still are. --David Hurwitz

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Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade Lowest new price: $8.19
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Brand: Rca Red Seal
Model: 2195007

REINER/CHICAGO SYMP ORCH - SCHEHERAZADE... - SACD HYBRID

This is a classic recording of these two works, led with grand authority by Fritz Reiner. The Chicago's brass and wind section play gloriously throughout, and the final movement of Scheherazade (we learn from the original producer [1960] in an accompanying essay) was recorded in one take--an almost unheard-of feat. This fast movement is taken at breakneck speed, with no loss of clarity or power, with the strings in the hands of magicians. Stravinsky's Nightingale has never sounded so exotic, so bristling over with color, since this 1956(!) recording under Reiner, and the wonderful surprise with this new release of old material is the revamped sound: the original "Living Stereo" was a fantastic breakthrough in recording, and this new SACD format has returned the spatial relationships to something so "real" that it comes as close as I've ever heard to a true concert hall experience. Simply glorious. --Robert Levine

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Stravinsky: The Firebird/Borodin: Music from Prince Igor

Stravinsky: The Firebird/Borodin: Music from Prince Igor Lowest new price: $4.96
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Model: 2022799

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Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Petrushka / Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Stravinsky Conducts Stravinsky: Petrushka / Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) Lowest new price: $8.98
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Whatever the limitations of Stravinsky's baton technique, no one else on disc conjures the same bustling excitement at the outset of Petrouchka. Overlapping, polyrhythmic textures in Petrouchka and in Le Sacre du Printemps come off with Mozartian lucidity, Mendelssonian lightness, and, well, Stravinsky-esque rhythmic exactitude (notwithstanding a few hesitant entrances). The clarity partly stems from the composer's use of his leaner revised scores, helped by close-up, analytical mike work by CBS. There are, of course, slicker, more sonically opulent versions of these 20th century landmarks. And then there are Stravinsky's. --Jed Distler

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Lullaby Classics / Various

Lullaby Classics / Various Lowest new price: $6.77
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Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Firebird (Essential Classics)

Stravinsky: Petrouchka / Firebird (Essential Classics) Lowest new price: $5.90
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Flute for Relaxation

Flute for Relaxation Lowest new price: $6.28
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Brand: RCA
Model: 2026012

JAMES GALWAY - FLUTE FOR RELAXATION - CD

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Richter the Master, Vol. 11: 20th Century Piano Works

Richter the Master, Vol. 11: 20th Century Piano Works Lowest new price: $4.90
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Brand: Decca

Decca concludes its commemoration of Russian pianist
Sviatoslav Richter, considered by many to be the greatest
pianist of the 20th century, with the final two volumes in the
acclaimed series Richter: The Master. Volume 10 includes
Chopin s beloved 24 Preludes and Liszt s famous B-Minor
Sonata. Volume 11 features pinnacles of the 20th century
piano repertoire, many of which Richter made his own,
including works by fellow-Russians Stravinsky, Prokofiev
and Shostakovich.
Richter s distinguished discography includes numerous
recordings for Philips and Decca, brought together for the first
time for this definitive mid-price Richter.


Infinite Voice

Infinite Voice Lowest new price: $8.95
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Infinite Voice by Darlene Koldenhoven

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